MSC Cruises is offering discounted cruise fares for healthcare professionals and their families for cruises through the end of 2021. This is the cruise line’s way of saying thank you for their ongoing contribution to fight the global pandemic.
The special ‘thank you’ discounted cruise fare program for healthcare professionals and their immediate families will go on sale on Monday, August 31 and will be available for all MSC Cruises’ sailings of any duration through to the end of 2021. This includes all cruises departing up to December 31, 2021, when the booking is made by April 30, 2021.
These special per stateroom fares will result in a discount of up to or exceeding 50 percent off the regular rates and will be available to healthcare workers for booking from travel advisors and MSC Cruises contact centers from Monday, August 31. Additionally, the program will include a series of on-board activities to properly recognize and celebrate these special guests and their families.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said: “As a family-owned company we think it’s only right and proper to find a way to express our heartfelt ‘thank you’ to each and every healthcare professional of the world – as well as their families – for their selfless and tireless dedication, professionalism and bravery in tackling the current global pandemic.
“To all of them: front line and back office workers; doctors; nurses; pharmacists; those who work in research laboratories; and in fact everyone who is a health worker, at all levels.”
MSC Cruises halted its operation in connection with the global pandemic in mid-March and resumed sailing on August 16, 2020 when MSC Grandiosa departed from the Italian port of Genoa for its first 7-night cruise with calls to Civitavecchia for Rome, Naples, Palermo in Sicily and Valletta in Malta, before returning to her homeport of Genoa.
The cruise ship is now halfway through her next 7-night cruise along the same Western Mediterranean itinerary.
Every guest and crew member goes through a comprehensive medical screening before boarding the ship, which includes universal testing for all guests and crew as well as only protected ashore excursions at each port of call.
In the U.S., MSC Cruises will only restart operations when the time is right, following approval by the CDC and other relevant authorities across the region in observance of their requirements and guidelines.